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Preston North End players released from bail in spot-fixing probe

John Welsh, Keith Keane, Bailey Wright, David Buchanan, Ben Davies and Graham Cummins Image copyright Getty Images/Empics
Image caption (Clockwise from top left) John Welsh, Keith Keane, Bailey Wright, Graham Cummins, Ben Davies and David Buchanan had been arrested in April

Five Preston North End players and one former player have been released from bail as part of a spot-fixing probe by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Captain John Welsh, Keith Keane, Bailey Wright, David Buchanan, Ben Davies and former striker Graham Cummins were arrested in April and were due to answer bail on Wednesday.

The NCA said they are no longer under formal arrest but enquiries continued.

Preston North End said the club would not be making any further comment.

Seven other men, arrested in December on suspicion of involvement in spot-fixing, have also been released from formal bail, the NCA said.

A spokesman said: "The NCA has decided to release from bail 13 subjects arrested in relation to a football match spot-fixing investigation so that further enquiries can be undertaken.

"We are unable to comment in more detail at this time."

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